• ‘Ping-pong diplomacy’ pioneer Zhuang Zedong dies

    ‘Ping-pong diplomacy’ pioneer Zhuang Zedong dies0

    Table tennis legend Zhuang Zedong, a key figure in 1971’s ‘ping-pong’ diplomacy that helped foster relations between communist China and the US during heightened Cold War tensions, has died. Zhuang passed away Sunday at the age of 72, the Xinhua news agency reported. He had been battling cancer since 2008. The three-time world table tennis

  • [Today in PD] From Syrian Prisons To Diplomacy In Geneva

    [Today in PD] From Syrian Prisons To Diplomacy In Geneva0

    Montreux, Switzerland – When Noura al-Ameer exchanged looks with the Syrian government representatives in Switzerland, she felt as though she was looking into the eyes of her interrogators in prison. The 26-year-old anti-government activist was detained for six months in some of Syria’s most notorious prisons in Damascus and Homs before her release in late 2012.

  • Winners and Losers in the Syrian Civil War

    Winners and Losers in the Syrian Civil War0

    The Syrian civil war, which has seen a stalemate for nearly three years, shows no signs of a negotiated political solution. The Geneva II peace talks, that opened on 22 January, are highly unlikely to result in a breakthrough, absent a miracle. There is irreconcilable tension between the oppositional Syrian National Coalitions’s (SNC) demand for

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